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It prowls the pond, on the hunt for pelicans and cormorants. When it's close enough, splat! It's a solar-powered robot scarecrow that guards catfish and crawfish ponds with a water cannon. The basic model has paddlewheels and pontoons; a student is building one to look like a big alligator. There are still bugs to be worked out, but developers at Louisiana State University figure they may be able to talk to manufacturers about their project sometime next year.
March 16, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Authorities battling the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant have doubled the number of workers on the site to 100 in an effort to continue cooling the three reactors and the spent fuel pools but have abandoned — at least temporarily — plans to use helicopters to dump water on the pools because of the radiation danger. Police may now use water cannons to spray the pools. FOR THE RECORD: Atomic agency official: An earlier version of the article incorrectly spelled the first name of Yukia Amano, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, as Yukio.
June 15, 2013 | By Glen Johnson and Jeffrey Fleishman
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Hundreds of riot police firing tear gas stormed a central Istanbul park Saturday, tearing down tents and clearing out demonstrators in a bold, if politically risky, move by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stem more than two weeks of antigovernment protests. The police assault at twilight sent hundreds of protesters scurrying for cover as street clashes echoed through the city. The swift and overwhelming action by security forces highlighted the country's deepening political divide and the potential danger Erdogan faces in further provoking a large segment of Turks critical of what they see as his authoritarian tendencies.
June 21, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Using batons, tear gas and water cannons, security forces and pro-government militias imposed a tense, tentative calm on Tehran late Saturday after a chaotic day of clashes with stone-throwing protesters who defied warnings to stay off the streets. Rocks and debris filled roadways, and black smoke rose above neighborhoods filled with the haze of tear gas, according to witness accounts.
March 12, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - Government forces used water cannons and tear gas Wednesday to turn back opposition marches in the capital, where borough mayors defied a Supreme Court order that they clear street barricades. Clouds of gas hovered near the entrance to the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas and at the adjoining Botanical Garden, where protesters had converged to join a march headed to the public defender's office. "It was horrible. I had to run a long way," said Maria Alfonzo, a 22-year-old science student who was leaving the campus when she was overcome by the gas. "The National Guard is supposed to protect us, not threaten and mistreat us. We should have the right to protest.
September 3, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Six Flags unveiled its 2014 lineup of new roller coasters, thrill rides and water slides at the amusement park chain's 13 locations. Photos: New rides coming to Six Flags parks in 2014 Six Flags' 2014 additions include four roller coasters, four thrill rides, five water attractions and a new water park. Among the highlights: Six Flags Great America (outside Chicago) By far the biggest addition at any Six Flags park for 2014 is the Goliath wood-steel hybrid coaster planned for Six Flags Great America in Illinois.
November 26, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A 17-year-old former Mexican drug cartel member, who admitted to killing four people while in the group's employ, was released from a juvenile detention center early Tuesday morning and is headed to the United States, where he was born, Mexican officials said. The youth, Edgar Jimenez Lugo, known as “El Ponchis,” was released from the juvenile center in the central Mexican state of Morelos at 2:30 a.m. He then traveled in a police escort to the Mexico City airport, where he was scheduled to fly to San Antonio, said Jorge Vicente Messeguer Guillen, the Morelos government secretary, in an interview with Mexico's Milenio news channel.
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee
TAIPEI, Taiwan - For decades, relations between Taiwan and its giant neighbor China have been one of the great success stories of the ending of the Cold War. Slowly but surely, the two nations have pulled back from half a century of bellicose confrontation and in recent years embraced a level of political and economic cooperation that seemed to promise new riches for both. But today, for many Taiwanese, the bloom is off the rose. This disenchantment lay behind the outbreak of angry protests from Taiwanese students that are in their third week.
September 19, 1985 | From Reuters
University security guards, ducking rocks and homemade bombs, used firearms, batons and water cannons Wednesday to quell a protest by about 200 Philippine students seeking a cut in tuition fees, police said. A spokesman said there were no serious injuries in the fracas at Feati University in central Manila.
November 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters in one of the nation's biggest anti-government rallies in nearly a decade. Police arrested at least a dozen people as tens of thousands of protesters, led by opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim, marched in heavy rain to the king's palace to demand changes to the country's electoral system.
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